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Spotlight On Mental Health

In 2017, Bank of Scotland Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales ("the Foundations") received £20.7 million from Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Group's commitment to Helping Britain Prosper. The Foundations donated these funds to charities across the UK through Grants Programmes and a Matched Giving Programme for Lloyds Banking Group employees.


Spotlight on Mental Health is the first in a series of 'Spotlights' highlighting some of the key issues supported by the Foundations. In 2017, across the UK, the Foundations provided over £8 million of grant funding and almost £1 million of Matched Giving to mental health charities and other charities delivering projects focussing on mental health, helping people to benefit from a variety of much needed local services and personal support.


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Fantastic Films!

Recently, we published a number of films produced by Slackpress, showcasing the work of some of the organisations we support through the Community Grant Programme.

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Recent Community Grants Awarded


In our most recent round of Community Grant Funding, 60 organisations received a grant from us. We wish all organisations every success in the delivery of their projects over the next year.
To see the full list of awardees, please click here.



New Mental Health Programme (now closed for applications)

The ‘Our Community in MIND’ programme is a new Foundation initiative aimed at registered charities who support Mental Health in Northern Ireland.

The programme was open to charities with an income less than £1million, with a particular focus on Mental Health. Successful charities will be awarded a £10,000 grant over 12 months.

Pitching4Pounds Winners Announced!

On Monday 5th February 2018 the 8 finalists of the Pitching4Pounds Programme met at Galgorm Resort and Spa to deliver their pitches to the judging panel. Many thanks to all the charities who took part, each one presenting their own unique project with enthuisiasm and passion. The competition was fierce!

Unfortunately, there could only be 2 winners of the £15,000 awards, they were awarded to Angel Eyes NI and Portadown Cares.

Angel Eyes would like to develop a Sight Loss Virtual Reality Application for mobile devices to help parents and professional understand the challenges partial brings. This app would enable them to bring together the expertise from Clinicians, parents and IT Technicians to create a tool which will bring benefits to the families they support, empower parents with knowledge and understanding to help support and advocate for their chilld and raise awareness to educators, health professionals and a wider audience on the impact of sight loss.

Portadown Cares would like to facilitate and participate in the Engaging and Educating Young People with Learning Difficulties Leaving Care programme. These young people are forced to leave the care system that most of them have been in since infant hood and many of them have no life skills. They would teach them basic home maintenance skills, cooking skills and money management, amongst other skills.

The six runners up however, were not left empty handed. Each of these organisations received a £400 unrestricted award to help them support their vision.

A special thank you to Matthew Teague, from Entrepreneurial Spark for supporting all our charities in making the perfect pitch. Matthew also provided feedback to our pitchers to strengthen their presentations further! 

We hope to run this programme again in the future. Please keep checking back for more information.


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Eating Disorders NI

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